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Live crocodile found on Hollywood beach

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:05:00 PST

A live six-foot crocodile arrived on Hollywood beach Monday morning and took up a position in the surf, leading authorities to cordon off part of the beach as a crowd gathered to view the unusual visitor.

The crocodile, a native Florida species that’s distinct from the more common alligators, was...


UFC fighter Volkan Oezdemir arrested in Fort Lauderdale after August bar fight

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:30:00 PST

An Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter scheduled for a championship bout is out of jail on bond after being arrested Saturday in Fort Lauderdale.

Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir, 28, faces an aggravated battery charge, according to inmate records from the Broward Sheriff’s Office. His bond was set...


'We’ve lost our living history': No Pearl Harbor survivors found for South Florida event

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:45:00 PST

For the first time, no one who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor will be around when the community gathers to honor the men and women who died.

One of the last known survivors to participate in the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony — 93-year-olod Edward Hammond of Deerfield Beach — died...


Homeless homicides in Broward spark calls for vigilance

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:00:00 PST

The killings of at least four homeless men in Broward County in the past month underscore a message well understood by both advocates and those who sleep on the streets: it can be dangerous out there.

“I try to keep my antenna up,” said longtime Broward resident Randy Richterkessing, 59, just out...


Broward Navy Days commemorates Pearl Harbor attack

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:25:00 PST

Broward Navy Days Inc. will present its annual commemoration of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.

It will take place at the Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, 7000 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach. Attendees can enter through Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park.



Millions spent in South Florida to jail small-time offenders

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:35:00 PST

Taxpayers in South Florida are spending millions of dollars every year to jail people accused of crimes as petty as panhandling and public drinking.

A homeless man arrested for sleeping on Fort Lauderdale’s public beach spent 42 days in the Broward County Jail — at a cost of about $5,880 to the...


Lecture will reveal Broward treasures

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:40:00 PST

Take a trip down history lane to discover Broward’s hidden roadside treasures and learn the stories behind them.

Titled Roadside Broward: Up the River, Down the Water Slide and Everything in Between, the event will take place Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Bienes Museum of the Modern Book inside the Main...


Miami federal Judge William Hoeveler dies at 95

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:25:00 PST

Federal Judge William M. Hoeveler, who presided over a string of landmark cases in South Florida — from the prosecution of a notorious Panamanian dictator to the clean-up of pollution in the Everglades — has died at the age of 95.

His longtime assistant once described Hoeveler, who died on Saturday...


Three Republicans have a dream of defeating Wasserman Schultz

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

They keep trying, and failing — 13 times, so far. But three Republicans are lining up for another attempt, convinced they’ve figured out the magic formula that finally will turn their party’s dream into reality, resulting in the ouster of Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Joe Kaufman,...


Governor asked to remove Hallandale mayor who slurred words at meeting

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:15:00 PST

Mayor Joy Cooper’s political rivals sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott Friday, asking him to remove her from office two days after she slurred her words at a commission meeting and appeared to be under the influence of “some behavior-altering substance.”

Cooper said she was not drunk or on meds but...


Three households burglarized by distraction thieves, Broward Sheriff's Office says

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:10:00 PST

Two men targeted four Pompano Beach residents — ages 77 to 97 — by pretending to work for the Florida Power & Light Company and entering homes to steal cash and jewelry worth $25,475, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Kurt Kuhn, 37, of North Lauderdale, who is also known as James Lewis,...


Wilton Manors double murder trial opens

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:30:00 PST

Peter Avsenew told his mother on Christmas Day 2010 that he had done something terrible, the worst thing he had ever done. Prosecutors and defense lawyers agree, that’s what he said.

But a Broward jury heard conflicting accounts of what Avsenew meant.

Defense lawyer Gabe Ermine said the statement...


Thousands fined as red-light cameras return

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:20:00 PST

As some South Florida cities resume controversial red-light camera programs, one community says it’s seeing more red-light running than before.

Red-light cameras caught about 3,000 violators in the weeks after Boynton Beach reactivated the devices, dwarfing the number of those busted during the...


Shootings in Lauderhill leave one dead, one hospitalized

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:15:00 PST

A reckless driver on a neighborhood street in Lauderhill prompted a shooting that left one man dead, a second man hospitalized and a third person under arrest, police said Friday.

The shooting brought police to the 3100 block of Northwest Second St., north of Broward Boulevard and west of Interstate...


Ex-student arrested with loaded gun at Flanagan High

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:00:00 PST

A former student arrested Thursday at Charles W. Flanagan High had a loaded gun in his pocket, Pembroke Pines police said.

Major Charneil Byrd, 18, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and having a firearm on a school campus, records show.

He is being held in the Broward Main Jail.



'He didn't deserve this,' says mother of man found dead inside burning car

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:45:00 PST

Darren Butler’s mother thought the hard times she had with her son were over with.

Sheila Rutledge-Inman said Butler went from serving time in a Michigan prison to landing a job in Fort Lauderdale and then becoming a father to a baby girl just three months ago.

And then Butler, 27, turned up dead...


Federal Judge Kenneth Ryskamp dies at 85

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:25:00 PST

In his 30 years as a federal judge ruling on some of South Florida’s most contentious civil rights cases — including desegregation suits against the Broward School Board — U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp was dogged by the perception that he was insensitive to matters of race discrimination.


Miramar police search for 17-year-old's killer

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:25:00 PST

Miramar police are looking for the shooter who killed a 17-year-old in Miramar.

After 911 received reports of shots fired near the 6000 block of Southwest 33rd Street on Sept. 20, Kumasi Kareem was found face down on the ground, said Tania Rues, a spokeswoman for Miramar police.

Kareem was pronounced...


$43,000 missing from Broward school parking meters, audit finds

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:15:00 PST

About $43,000 in Broward County school district parking fees has disappeared, an audit found, prompting a criminal investigation.

The money was removed from parking meters outside district offices in Fort Lauderdale from Nov. 4, 2014 until Sept. 1, 2015, when the district started only accepting...


Teen's photo may show man who has been trying to lure children

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:05:00 PST

A quick-thinking teenage girl took a cellphone picture of the man who police think has had several suspicious encounters with children in Pembroke Pines.

The latest incident happened about 3 p.m. Tuesday on the 10900 block of Northwest 15th Street, near Hiatus Road, as the girl was walking home...


Trump strategist Steve Bannon steps back from Roy Moore during Broward talk

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:35:00 PST

Steve Bannon, the strategist who guided Donald Trump during the final phase of his campaign and early months of his presidency, told a South Florida audience Friday that critics won’t be satisfied unless they can drive Trump from office, ridiculed the idea of election-season collusion with the...


The Fashion Mall is no more: Workers wrap up demolition

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

The Fashion Mall — the Plantation shopping destination that closed a decade ago — has been demolished.

Crews have completed removing more than 28,000 tons of concrete, leaving only office space and a 2,600-space parking garage.

Meanwhile, the groundwork has begun for its replacement: Plantation...


Fluffy cuteness abounds at Puppy Palooza

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:00:00 PST

There were big dogs, small dogs, shy dogs, fast dogs, slow dogs and families looking for the right dog.

The Second Annual Puppy Palooza at the plaza in front of Miramar City Hall Saturday wasn’t just dog friendly- it was all about the pooches, right down to the doggie popsicles, doggie obstacle...


Walgreens robber gets away with $611, police say

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:40:00 PST

With his gray hoodie wrapped tight around his face, the young robber pointed a pistol at the Walgreens clerk and demanded the money from the till, Hollywood police said.

He got away with $611.

The stick up happened about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at Walgreens, 890 N. State Road 7, said Miranda Grossman,...


Hit-and-run: White sedan ran over man lying in the street

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:00:00 PST

A white sedan ran over a man lying in an Oakland Park street, slowed down and then took off, authorities say.

Detectives are looking for the driver of that white sedan. They think the car may have been a Mitsubishi Lancer that would now have a damaged right front corner, said Joy Oglesby, a spokeswoman...